Fake youtube channels have gotten worse... (betta edition)

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Fish Crazy
May 9, 2023
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Perth, Australia
This is part 1 but with more detail. Please do not post comments that try to make me learn 'to stop watching this content' or get angry at me. I can't stop watching this content. I want the comments to be nice.

Bettas are one of the most abused fish in the hobby because they are small, easy to look after and to raise. These fish unfortunately become 'stars' of fake fish related youtube channels, which might harm them or even kill them. Such videos will appear on the platform, to unnoticing kids. One of these videos were on catching domesticated bettas on lotus ponds. These fish were purposefully released in the wild for that video. The animals are caught then put in small tanks. There are even videos on axolotls and koi being caught on lotus ponds too. Even worse, there are similar channels that focus on this kind of content.

The second video was about putting a pet shop's worth of betta fish, male and female, into a pond full of what looks like goldfish. Goldfish and bettas are not compatible to each other because of water hardiness, pH and temperature. Goldfish also grow bigger than bettas. Bettas usually don't survive in ponds, but goldfish sometimes do if put in a pond correctly.

We all know that this content is stupid to watch. It's like putting guppies in a fishbowl. But we can put an end to this by not watching this content or reporting it. Stupidity never stops in youtube and more. Here are some screencaps on the videos that I originally linked on but removed by mods.


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More damage to betta is done by ignorance I think than by the youtube channels.

My mom has goldfish in her pond, she had them for like 20 years. In the weather where she live they reproduce wildly despite filtration that is way undersized. The bigger ones get eaten a lot by migratory birds but other than that, they do well.

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